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The Horrors – “Who Can Say”

Faris Badwan is certainly dressed to stand out, but as The Black Tie Guide tells us, this is neither the time nor the place for a white jacket with black pants:

“The white dinner jacket’s origin on cruises and at tropical resorts speaks to its specific role as a less formal alternative to traditional black tie. It is only appropriate at formal occasions in the tropics year round and in America during the summer season, typically at open-air social gatherings such as country club dances and yacht club parties.”

We’ll forgive the wardrobe gaffe, since The Horrors’ 2009 release, Primary Colors, was such a good album.

-Scott Bryson

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Cornelius – “If You’re Here”

Wait, is this a 5 Gum commercial?

Ah, no, just a house that it would be unbearably difficult to live in. The table won’t stop undulating; cups of coffee disappear into thin air; lit cigarettes float by, just out of reach.

Kinda like Cornelius has eluded our grasp for the last 11 years. He’s been doing plenty of soundtrack, collaborative and remix work over the last decade, but he’s about to release his first regular album since 2006’s Sensuous. Mellow Waves comes out later this month.

-Scott Bryson

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Mogwai – “Coolverine”

Well, there goes gravity. It was fun while it lasted. No more sugar in your coffee. No more playing chess. Is that two moons in the sky? That’ll be the culprit. There should only be one.

What does all this have to do with the raging man on the roof who takes up half the video? Nothing, it seems. Maybe he’s angry because he can’t jump now.

“Coolverine” comes from Mogwai’s upcoming (and Dave Fridmann-produced) Every Country’s Sun (the cover looks like a Death Star scene from Rogue One, no?).

-Scott Bryson

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Rainer Maria – “Ears Ring”

Lessons in looking creepy when you’re alone in a coffee shop.

These three would fit in perfectly at the Beetlejuice dinner party. Reading Sartre… ordering fries with coffee… who does these things?

“Ears Ring” comes from Rainer Maria’s 2003 album, Long Knives Drawn. The trio has just reunited and announced their first album in over ten years—a self-titled affair out in August.

-Scott Bryson

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Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”

What is the Everything Now corporation looking for in the desert? Are they buying up land to build a company town (their own Cyprus Creek)? Is this a metaphor for what’s happening in our minds and hearts? Couldn’t they provide a car for the dude with the briefcase?

The new Arcade Fire album—also titled Everything Now—comes out at the end of July.

-Scott Bryson

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Daniel Romano – “Modern Pressure”

We’ll probably end up playing every video Daniel Romano makes for his new album. Here’s the title track.

He looks like he should be driving a convertible in Europe, in this one. That’s one of the few times that white gloves on a man don’t look out of place. They do fly off him eventually, as his clothes transform into a beige unitard (sure, that’s less conspicuous).

Modern Pressure is out now.

-Scott Bryson

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Feltworth – “Forget This Feeling”

A puppet band isn’t especially bizarre, considering Mr. Oizo and Prozzäk, so we’ll go along with it.

Feltworth—who come complete with a fabricated (get it?) history detailing their success as a children’s band and eventual turn to adult pop—are releasing their debut seven-inch next week.

All we can say is these four dudes, who you can probably identify if you have a close listen, must have been some bored to cook up this scheme. It’s fun, regardless.

-Scott Bryson

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